One Month Ago

DSCF2996I didn’t expect to spend Christmas day on the road. Around noon, I received a call to let me know my friend, Scott had died. Although I wasn’t home when I got that call, I was heading north on the interstate within an hour.

It seems appropriate one month later, I will be meeting two musician friends this afternoon to further adapt a poem I wrote for Scott during his memorial service. I was one of at least 500 people in attendance…Scott touched many lives and hearts.

Scott loved people and accepted everyone he met. He enjoyed life and especially enjoyed playing music with a variety of friends over the years. I’m not sure if there is a washtub bass competition, but I’m confident, Scott could have won it!

Love.

Acceptance.

We can honor Scott’s memory by talking with God about love and acceptance. Today and every day we are given.

Where words fail, music speaks.”

– Hans Christian Anderson

Drifting

DSCF4043I could tell something was troubling her and hoped she would let me know. We don’t see one another often but when we do, we share our walk of faith.

She shared how she felt separated from God recently and not as close. I could relate to her feelings which gave us an opportunity to pray together.

When I feel distant and drifting from God, I know it is important to spend more time in prayer and scripture. Often, the issue is related to my self-worth…when I don’t feel comfortable or good about myself, I don’t feel worthy to be in God’s presence.

We talked about how this is exactly the time when God wants us to draw near! When we feel rejected, discouraged or broken, God wants to love, comfort and heal us.

I am thankful to God for my conversation yesterday. To lovingly share our walk of faith and to accept one another where we happen to be. Thankful for God’s acceptance, love and grace.

My prayer for today is to talk with God about relationship. Relationship not only with Him but with those we can comfort with faith, hope and love.

We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

Encouragement

DSCF2821_edited-1It was awesome to spend the evening with my band of writers! Communal prayer, encouragement and support filled the room as God’s Spirit guided each of us.

Poems, songs and writings were shared along with success “shares” since our last gathering in November.

Although I spend much time alone, I am so grateful for this group which continues to touch my heart each month and encourages me to continue my writing ministry.

My prayer for today is for us to talk with God about community.

Be encouraged today on your walk of faith!

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.”

– Mike Ditka

Spiritual Steps

DSCF3534While talking with a friend last night, she reminded me of a very important concept on our walk of faith. It is not the size of the steps we are taking that is important. The key is to continue…even with baby steps.

The bird in the above image would be perfectly still for several minutes. Then, although barely noticeable, it would move ever so slightly forward. If you were not paying attention, you would think the bird stayed in the same spot!  Small, forward baby steps.

Early in my walk of faith, I would ask God to do things for me and then sit back and wait. You can imagine the results!

God could easily have done those things, however, He guided me to understand how He would do them with me, not for me. Some of those requests are still unfolding as I continue my walk of faith…sometimes with steps that are hesitant and small…spiritual baby steps.

I am thankful for God walking with me, regardless of the speed. I am thankful for my friend for reminding me that it’s not a race…it’s a walk.

My prayer for today is to talk with God about His plan for our lives. Ask God where His walk with us leads and trust He will always be by our  side.

Have patience in persevering in the holy exercise of meditation, and be content to progress in slow  steps until you have legs to run and wings with which to fly.”

– St. Padre Pio

What Do We See

DSCF2888This afternoon, God guided me to Luke 11: 34 which is part of Jesus teaching about the light within:

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body is also full of darkness.”

Once again, a verse I have read many times but as usual, just kept on reading.

In talking with God this afternoon (we missed our morning coffee talk today), He reminds me again to slow down. It’s ok to read verses and chapters and books in one sitting. There is also a time to slow down and perhaps reflect on a single sentence or two.

What are we focused on today?

My prayer for us is to talk with God about His light and love.  Talk with God about our perspective as we continue our walk.

No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so those who come in may see the light.”

– Luke 137: 33

Not Often Enough

DSCF3577As I work on a presentation about blogging, I realize there is something I don’t do often enough: Thank you!

With thousands of blog sites and limited time each day, I am so appreciative of you who follow my writing…share my writing…and help complete my writing with your comments! I am very humbled and blessed to be here with you as we continue to discover and share the miracle of God’s love and grace.

My prayer for today is to talk with God about gratitude and ask Him to help us further develop our spirit of appreciation.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein

The Why Question

DSCF3192My friends, Gil and Lee are on a mission trip this week in the Dominican Republic. As I read about their day yesterday, I was reminded of One City Ministries and the mission in Uganda (I have previously written about Mike and Deb in my book and blog).

Gil brings up a question which is often expressed by those who journey on such missions.

Why?

Not only why are people living with so little but what can we do?

Gil makes a heart-touching statement: “These people I met today are overlooked and have been forgotten, but not by God.”

What can we do?

The answer can be different for each of us. One thing we can to today is pray…for the people in need and for those who reach out to them. We can make donations. We can plan to take part in a missions trip.

When reading and talking with God about Gil’s day, I was reminded of a simple truth:

We can all do something!

My prayer today is for us to talk with God about His will and direction for our lives. To talk with God about how we can help those in need.

It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn’t give to someone in greater need than we are.”

– St. Francis of Assisi